- Associated Press - Sunday, May 10, 2015

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - An all-volunteer honor guard to help provide funeral honors for veterans at a national cemetery in southwest Ohio is to be dedicated later this month.

Officials with Dayton National Cemetery say the new group is intended to add to services provided by military personnel at veterans’ funerals. The dedication is scheduled for Memorial Day, May 25.

By law, each veteran is eligible to receive funeral honors consisting of a detail from the Department of Defense to fold and present the U.S. flag and play “Taps.”

Volunteer service organizations have provided volunteers to also fire a rifle volley at those services for decades. But officials say those organizations have declined in number.

Officials say more than 1,000 veterans and their eligible family members are interred at the Dayton cemetery each year.

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